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The 25 Best TV Shows of 2012

23. Being Human (SyFy)

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager, Dichen Lachman, Natalie Brown, Dusan Dukic, Deena Aziz

On the surface, Being Human, the SyFy channel's crown jewel of original programming, resembles one of those teenybopper-friendly shows on ABC Family, albeit with a horror twist. It's the story of a vampire (Sam Witwer), a werewolf (Sam Huntington), and a ghost (Meaghan Rath) living in a house together, and they're all Tiger Beat attractive. But that's where the lameness stops; in every other way, shape, and form, Being Human is a complicated, entertaining, and slept-on study of well-drawn characters.

And in the show's triumphant second season, things got really real. Aidan, the resident bloodsucker, ran across a governing class of ruthless vamps in an undead story line strong enough to pump much-needed blood into pop culture's current abuses of vampire mythology. Josh watched his monstrous lycanthrope ways bring death and sadness to loved ones. Sally, the very sexy spirit, met the darkest sides of the afterlife head on, with mostly undesirable results.

Real talk: Being Human, with its mixture of supernatural elements and intimate drama, is the show that True Blood's least content fans wish it could be; meaning, there aren't any were-panthers, questionable acting, or ridiculous developments in sight.

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